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After a few days of visiting the fancy Italian shops downstairs. My dad and I stopped by Catania’s flea market to see what they have. A lot of the jewelry stands were “tuto 1,00” which pretty much is everything is 1 euro. Can’t wait to show you all what I got.

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What to Pack For a Vacation to Sicily in March

Spring break is here! Spring break is here! Tomorrow morning I will be on a flight to Atlanta to meet my dad and then we will be off to Sicily to visit my grandparents for a week.  I am so excited! I am in desperate need of some international exposure (not including Mexico or Canada).

Here are some wise words Laura Penny regarding Spring break:


Packing is probably the hardest thing to do when it comes to any trip because you have no idea what it will be like.  The weather in Sicily apparently is 95% humidity and 70 degrees during the day time.  It is the same temperature as San Diego but much more humid.  So what do I pack? Usually when I have gone, it has been when it is scorching hot and shorts and tank tops are all I can bare to be in.  But this time not so much.

I did some Google searches to get a feel for what to wear.

Mslistologist said:

What I packed that I shouldn’t have:

  • High heels. It takes technique and practice to walk the cobbled streets of Italy. With a little more practice I would wear heels, but not on a 10-day vacation!
  • Sleeveless blouse.
  • White Jacket. You will stand out like a sore thumb wearing white during winter.

What I wish I would have brought:

  • A couple of more scarves in different colors
  • More stretch pants

My research shows that bright colors and flowing fabrics are great for spring and summer but for the cooler seasons Italians bundle up in dark muted colors and give you strange looks if you wear white or bright colors. But that is pretty much all I own and I love it! I wouldn’t go anywhere without at least 2 or 3 white/cream shirts.

Packed 3 tshirts, 1 tribal shirt, denim shorts, black leggings 3 white shirts and a green top

I have to bring my teal blazer

No fabulous shoes, I plan on doing tons of walking and flats have a tendency to rub my feet wrong so my $5 knock-off vans from Forever21 should do the trick

I am also packing my Jessica London boots I got for Christmas, I just didn’t have them out for the pictures. Over the summer, when I went to Singapore I read a couple of books on the plane and I realized just how relaxing it is to read for fun. It’s amazing how schools try and instill the love of reading to kids when they are young and then take it all away by giving you 2 hours of reading a night per textbook in subjects so dull and dry not even your teacher would read it. This plane ride I will be reading Crosby Noricks’ “The PR COurture Guide To Breaking Into Fashion PR” as well as my dry and dull textbook my teacher wrote and made us buy about the psychology of terrorism.

Crosby Noricks' The PR Couture Guide to Breaking into Fashion PR

If you are traveling to Italy in the summer Tory Burch has great outfits for the lovely weather. I will definitely being doing some trend watching and style observing while I spend my mornings drinking cafe and eating all of the pastries I can get.

Make a Statement with a Statement Necklace

I have realized a huge transition from long layered necklaces to collar-bone-hugging statement necklaces.  I am excited for this transition because I am kind of over the dangling necklaces that get caught on door knobs and turn to knots when they a jingled around too quickly.

Why I like statement necklaces:

  • As an Inbetween girl with large boobs, long necklaces pool up between them and are no longer pretty
  • They draw attention up towards the face
  • They don’t get caught on things and you don’t have to worry about them getting tangled

Here are some great statement necklaces ranging from $5 to $500

Flower Medley Necklace (Forever21)

Glistening Bib Necklace (Forever 21)

Gold Statement Necklace (H&M)

Hammer Plate Necklace (Charlotte Russe)

Multi Flower Statement Necklace (Betsey Johnson)

Posey Park Statement Necklace (Kate Spade)

Great Outfits with Statement Necklaces

Collar statement necklace (http://lookbook.nu/look/3225989-Apple-Pie)

My Special Beauty Routine Weirds Out My Roommates

Beauty comes at a price and I don’t mind looking ridiculous behind closed doors if it means I will look like a million bucks when I walk out of the house.

On Tuesdays, my schedule sucks.  I have class until 10 p.m. so I don’t have a whole lot of time to do homework or relax.  But because today is Tuesday, and I leave for Sicily on Thursday, I thought what better day then today to do my special beauty routine.

This involves:

  1. Hot oil treatment for my hair
  2. Facial hair removal
  3. Eye brow plucking
  4. Facial steam
  5. Facial mask
  6. Relaxation

I came home and after eating dinner I got ready for my hot oil treatment.  I cut out some holes in a plastic garbage bag so I could protect my clothes and I proceeded to cover my hair in Vatika oil.  After it is completely covered I stood in front of a microwave for about 15 minutes, alternating hot towels.  Everyone who saw me was like, “are you dying your hair again?”

Then, after I showered and removed the oil from my hair I did some facial hair removal with Sally Hansen’s facial hair removal cream.  It smells disgusting, and I have to put it right under my nose so it is not a pleasant seven minutes.  After I wipe the cream off with a damp paper towel and I am good to go.  My roommates are pretty much accustomed to me waltzing in the room with a white cream mustache. While I wait, I pluck my eyebrows.

Afterwards, it is time for a face steam.  This is my favorite part because I used to watch my mom do it all the time when I was a kid.  With a pot of boiled steaming water, hover over the pot just far enough so your face doesn’t burn but the steam can still reach it.  Drape a shower towel over your head and prepare for pure relaxation.  Your pores will thank you too.

Finally, right after you move away from the steam pot, pat dry and smooth over a thick layer of your favorite facial mask.  I use Mary Kay’s clay mask, because my mom always used it.  When I have a daughter, you can bet I will pass down these beauty rituals to her too. Leave the mask on for 15 to 20 minutes and rinse off with warm water.


(Look at those gaping pores..)

Finish with a light night cream and get a good nights rest.

When people question my extensive and strange beauty routine, I always say “It’s an Asian remedy” if you are Asian you understand. If not then…well..it will always be strange to you.

Hey, Asians always look good when they are older anyways.